Book Club (Manhwa) Review
Plot: Eun Sae has a crush on a boy named Kyung Do, but he is only interested in books. As a way to get closer to him, she agrees to clean up and take care of the school’s horribly disorganized and creepy library. As they spend time in the library, Kyung Do finds a creepy old book and becomes enveloped by it. However, there is much more to that book than meets the eye and it only brings bloodshed to every reader.
Reasons for Rating: This series really surprised me because it’s somewhat uninspired in the first few chapters and even comes off as a bit of a shoujo with Eun Sae’s attraction to Kyung Do, but this definitely was a pleasant surprise in terms of horror and story.
There are several very creepy visuals as the two get more ensnared by the powers of the book, and the ending was actually handled extremely well and resulted in several plot twists that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed how they made every single character integral to the plot in some way. Sure, some were seemingly just bodies to add to the pile, but most of them were pieces to the puzzle and important aspects to the story.
The ending was sad, though that’s to be expected from the horror genre. I sorta wish the series had ended a few pages earlier, mostly because the ending was just somber mixed with hopeful before those last few pages then we had to go and kill someone else off.
I guess the issues I had with this series was that the main characters weren’t horribly interesting in terms of personality. Eun Sae likes Kyung Do, she’s kind and doesn’t ditch him when things involving the book get bad. Kyung Do’s definitely more concerned/obsessed with the book and books in general than he seems to treasure any connection with Eun Sae. If anything, the two detectives were more interesting in that regard. The pasts of Eun Sae and Kyung Do are very interesting, but they don’t have very strong personalities to back it up much.
Art: The art is very well done. There are several visuals that, while not being horribly original, are still very creepy, especially towards the ending. The details on the characters are pretty well done, even if proportions seemed off sometimes.
Bottomline: It’s a very enjoyable and pretty original horror manhwa with likable characters, interesting plot twists, creepy atmosphere and plenty of suspense. It’s not groundbreaking, but certainly worth a read.
Recommended Readers: There are many instances of death, references to killing and torture, and some instances of gore. Being a supernatural horror story, there are also various visuals that wouldn’t be advised for young readers either way. No sex, no nudity that I recall, and minor swearing if any. 14+